Written Assignment 7 - Analysis of the WMD report using the elements of thought

Written Assignment 7 - Analysis of the WMD report using the elements of thought

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Critical Thinking for Homeland Security 2010-04-HLS-355-OL009 Written Assignment 7: Analysis of the WMD report using the elements of thought. By Gabriel A. Godart Thomas Edison State College. Dr. Linda Elder and Dr. Richard Paul propose the reader to utilize a checklist made out of eight strategic questions. By searching for these answers, the reader will be able to perceive the author’s thinking process as it was meant to be comprehended. One of the important way to understand an essay, an article or chapter is through the analysis of the parts of the author’s reasoning. (Dr. Linda Elder and Dr. Richard Paul, 2007, pp. 28-29) In the subsequent analysis, we will use Elder and Paul’s eight elements of thought to analyze and discuss The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. The main purpose of this report is to determine and expose the lack of critical thinking showed by the intelligence community which assumed that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein had reconstituted his nuclear weapons program, had biological weapons and mobile biological weapon production facilities, and had stockpiled and was producing chemical weapons. The coverage of “the most public and most damaging intelligence failure in recent American history” will be used by the authors to offer their conclusions on what needs to be done to avoid such disastrous misinterpretations. There are several key questions addressed by the authors in this report. First, what led the intelligence community to assume that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destructions? Then, was
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the information collected relevant and in enough abundance for the analysts to analyze? Also, did the U.S. intelligence community mention the lack of information and data to the policymakers? In other words, was there an effective communication between both parties? As
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